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OR: New Tent Company - SlingFin

There's a new tent company in town and it caters to the hard core.

There's a new tent company in town at the Outdoor Retailer's "Tent City" [literally a fenced in grassy patch across from the Salt Palace covered in tents] and they don't include the word "budget" or "bargain" anywhere in their marketing materials. That's because SlingFin caters to expedition style campouts; their almost 72-pound BFD tent sleeps 20+, has five doors, 15 windows, and a 118" interior height. I had some fun crawling in and out of thing with my video camera in the Tent City. It's like a tent made from a life-size Erector kit. Here's a brief video preview (there's no audio so feel free to watch on mute to block out the background noise):



Although the company is new, the tent makers behind the company are not. Martin Zemitis  (Founder/VP/Designer/Gearhead, according to their website slingfin.com) was a Mountain Hardwear co-founder and has been working in the industry for 33+ years. Co-founder and President Timothy Baka - also came from MH. As soon as I can track down exact retail prices I'll post them.

--Katie Herrell

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The seems like the 20'would be perfect for getting out of the weather and would be perfect application for ski resorts. Be great for a real ski bum.

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Dec 03, 2010

The seems like the 20'would be perfect for getting out of the weather and would be perfect application for ski resorts. Be great for a real ski bum.

SlingFin
Aug 14, 2010

Fear not! We have some smaller and lighter tents on the way. Our production version of The ONE should be right around 7 lbs....that's 75 square feet of geodesic strength for 7 lbs.....and that's just the beginning! Stay Tuned!

Eric B.
Aug 12, 2010

Now how 'bout showing us the tents we would ACTUALLY use??

Michael
Aug 11, 2010

These tents look really sturdy and easy to assemble..how much do they run for say a 3 person capacity?

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